Dhaka Premier League ‘not possible’ this year, can only start in January

BCB director and Abahani Limited coach Khaled Mahmud has said it is “not possible” to go ahead with the 2019-20 season of Dhaka Premier League, which was put on pause after six matches in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The board, according to him, is looking at January next year for a possible window, but said they might consider postponing it further if the DPL clubs show reluctance to play should West Indies’ tour of Bangladesh go ahead, which would make several of their main players unavailable for the league.

Mahmud said that the BCB wants to complete a proposed T20 tournament by mid-December, after which they have to give clubs the time to prepare, especially under pandemic protocols, which would be a challenge given that DPL is a 12-team List-A competition.

“It is not possible this year,” Mahmud said at a press-conference on Monday. “We can only start in January next year….

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